Roy Raymond Kuebler, Jr. (1911-1990)

Roy Raymond Kuebler, Jr. (1911-1990)

Roy Kuebler was born in Shamokin, Pennsylvania on October 10, 1911 to Roy R. Kuebler and Tillye Cleaver Traub. He entered Dickinson College with the class of 1933 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. While at the College he was the president of Omicron Delta Kappa, a member of the Microcosm editorial staff, and the treasurer of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

After studying library science at Columbia University, Kuebler began his career at his alma mater as a library assistant from 1933 to 1935. He was then named the assistant treasurer and superintendent of grounds and buildings in 1935 and held that position until 1941. At this point he embarked upon nearly fifteen years of punctuated service in the mathematics department, rising to the rank of associate professor. The longest interruption in his Dickinson career lasted from July 1942 to April 1946 during his war service as a captain in the equipment intelligence section of the Ordnance Corps. He saw duty in Leyte, Okinawa, and Korea, earning the Bronze Star along the way. Another hiatus stemmed from his leave to study at the University of Pennsylvania during 1947-1948 to earn his master's degree in mathematics. In 1950 he returned as acting dean of the College when Professor Russell Thompson's health waned.

In May 1955, Kuebler resigned from the College to take a position in Washington, D.C. as a mathematician in the Army Ordnance Department at the Pentagon. A year later in 1956, he accepted a two-year fellowship in biostatistics at the University of North Carolina where he was able to complete his Ph.D. In 1958, the University of North Carolina named him to the department of biostatistics, promoting him to full professor in 1962.

While a professor at the University of North Carolina, Kuebler was named an alumni trustee of Dickinson College and served between the years of 1962 and 1970. He later retired from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health with the rank of professor emeritus of biological statistics. He never married. After an illness of some months, Roy Raymond Kuebler died on February 20, 1990 at his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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